FATHERS, George Robert

1898 - 1968

George Fathers

Born at Derby on 17 May 1898, son of Caleb Fathers (1865-1929), a master plasterer, and his wife Harriet Ada née Fox and they moved to Woodbridge, Suffolk where Caleb died in 1929. Educated at Ipswich and later at Hitchin, Hertfordshire and between 1918-1922 attended the Ipswich School of Art under George Rushton [q.v.] with Leonard Squirrell [q.v.] attending at about the same time, and where Charles Baskett (1845-1929) would have taught him the etching process. Fathers proceeded to the Royal College of Art from 1922 until 1925 studying under Professor William Rothenstein (1872-1945). A member of the Ipswich Fine Art Club from 1921 until 1963 and exhibited six watercolours in 1923 'Dawn Martlesham', 'Chelsea Lighting Station', 'Natural History Gardens, South Kensington', 'Summer Evening Sproughton', 'Windy Corner, Wimbledon Common' and 'Fresh Morning on the Orwell'. In 1925 he sent his first and only picture to the Royal Academy ‘628 Regent Street 1925’ when living at 59 Redclyffe Road, London SW 10. He became the manager and director of a publishing house where he was art director in process engraving 1930-1940 living at Auckland Avenue, Kingston-upon-Hull, Yorkshire. He exhibited at Tibbenham's Gallery, Brook Street, Ipswich in 1943, 'Loch Awe', 'The Sentinals', 'Nunburnholme-Autumn' 'Rest and be Thankful' and 'Summer Morning'. In 1945 he was living in Leeds but from 1948 lived at 33 Haworth Road, Heaton, Bradford where he died in 1968. His watercolour 'Sun Up' was loaned from the Ipswich Corporation for the centenary show of the Ipswich Art Club in 1974.




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